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Witnessing: Seeing Something With Your Own Eyes

Here’s a quick 40-second video that I used to introduce my session on “Witnessing” for today’s rebuildmychurch.org online youth ministry conference by Project YM.

In my talk, I spoke about our need to witness to not only the youth we minister to and with, but also to the youth workers that we serve with.

Rebuild Online Youth Ministry Conference

I’m blessed and excited to be presenting at today’s Rebuild Online Youth Ministry Conference.  You can join hundreds of youth ministry leaders from across the globe on Tuesday, May 10 at 10am PST and/or 5pm PST (same content in both) for this FREE online conference.

Rebuild brings together a great mix of youth ministry voices from around the world for a two-hour virtual conference experience like no other.

I’ll be presenting on how we can be better witnesses to both the teens we minister to and with AND to our fellow youth ministers.

Hope you can join us!  Register here.

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15 Things I’ve Learned About Through Marriage

Today, my lovely wife Gail and I celebrate 15 years of marriage as we received the Sacrament of Matrimony on Saturday, July 8, 2000 at St. Paul Parish in Richmond on a beautiful and sunny day.

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On our 15th wedding anniversary, here are 15 things I’ve learned about through marriage; they are all essential aspects of our union. This isn’t an exhaustive list, and some of the things might not ring true for other couples.

But these are things that I believe we hold true and dear to our hearts. Some of these things I’ve learned directly from Gail, other things more indirectly. She may have even learned a thing or two from me. And we’ve learned many of these things together as a couple.

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Celebrating Gifts Through #dailyaffirmations

We don’t do a good enough job of affirming people. I’m talking about in our own families, among friends, in our workplaces, and in ministry. Often, it’s easier to find faults in others and judge others than it is to say something nice about them.

This is especially true in certain situations. Take sports for example. Many athletes use trash-talking to try to get into their opponents’ heads. The thinking is that it might throw your opponent off, giving you an advantage. Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, and even Sidney Crosby are known to be good trash-talkers.

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The Look

mugsLast Friday afternoon, I played in the annual “Teachers vs. Grade 7 Students” volleyball game at St. Paul School.  The raucous gym was deafening at times with the excited students cheering, clapping, and screaming.  Kayla and Jake (along with his gold medal winning buddies from grade 6) were among the crowd.  Sean didn’t have school that day, so he came to referee – making it a family affair.

All of the teachers rotated through and it just so happened that Gail came on right after me.  So whenever we were on the court together, we were playing right beside each other.

I’m very competitive when it comes to sports, even if it’s a fun, mean-nothing game.  My lovely wife Gail, however, is the exact opposite.  In fact, when she came on the court, she whispered to me, “You’re going to have to help me.”

During one particular rally, the ball came over the net to our side and went towards Gail.  Gail didn’t really react and thus the ball dropped beside her.  I tried to give her a loving and affirming smile while dying inside.

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